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Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

February 10, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Poll: Does Microsoft need to move to San Francisco to innovate?

Getting some buzz this morning is an article from a Forbes contributor who contends that Microsoft will “never innovate” in Seattle and that in order to do so, it will need to move to San Francisco.

Contributor Peter Cohan, whose bio says he writes from near Boston about startups and political economy, says in the article:  “In Seattle, the lack of competing opportunity for its talent spurs complacency by employees and management.”

“But in San Francisco, rivalry for that talent would be fierce — forcing Microsoft to create an environment that give top talent the chance to build market-share-grabbing products targeting big markets,” he continues.

Cohan sites a better startup culture in the San Francisco area as well as a higher appetite for risk.

So, what do you think? Does the fierce competition for top talent in this area, as well as our startup culture, pale in comparison to San Francisco?

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